Charlotte DeSoto Building Industry Association awards $19,500 in scholarships.
The Charlotte DeSoto Building Industry Association supports local high schools through mentorship and on the job training throughout the year.
This year, as we have for the past 16 years, celebrate 11 students earning construction scholarships, totaling $19,500. Scholarships are awarded to students entering the workforce directly from high school, or furthering their education by attending a trade school of majoring in a construction field at a university.
Congratulations to the following students:
Tools of the Trade Scholarship:
The Tools of the Trade Scholarship is available for students who plan to go right into the construction workforce after high school. This is a very lucrative industry if you stay on course and learn a trade. The CDBIA will also be available to help find you employment immediately.
Congratulations to this year’s Tools of the Trade Scholarship recipients:
Aaron Brown, senior Port Charlotte High School
Dustin Douglas, senior Charlotte High School
Gene Extejt Scholarship:
The Gene Extejt Scholarships are named after one of the founding fathers of the CDBIA, who raised his 3 children Ron, Blair and Zac to follow in his footsteps and build successful careers in the building industry.
Gene Extejt Scholarships are awarded to students who enter into trade school or university to advance their studies in any field of construction.
Congratulations to this year’s Gene Extejt Scholarship recipients:
Nash Dowd, senior at Lemon Bay High School who will be attending Suncoast Technical College to become a contractor.
Jacob Dagan, senior at Lemon Bay High School who will be attending State College of Florida, majoring in construction management.
Ashton Tucker, senior at Lemon Bay High School who will be attending UCF or Valencia majoring in engineering or building.
Garrett Leath, DeSoto High School grad now attending University of Florida majoring in construction management.
Tristan Duma, student at Florida Gulf Coast University, majoring in restoration ecology.
Professional Women in Building Scholarships
In October 2020, the CDBIA started a local chapter of the Charlotte DeSoto Building Association Professional Women in Building.
In May 2021, the CDBIA PWB awarded their first scholarships. As of 2023, $18,000 has been awarded to women building careers in construction
Congratulations to this year’s recipients of the PWB Scholarships:
Sierra Blaney senior at Lemon Bay High School who will be attending Florida Institute of Technology, majoring in civil engineering.
Jazlyn Embury, University of Florida majoring in law and plans on being a construction attorney.
Laticia Nina, University of Florida majoring in construction management and plans to run a construction company in Charlotte County.
Emma Pritchett, University of South Florida majoring in architecture.
Providing financial support to purchase work related tools and support education are the main reasons why the CDBIA provides scholarships to our local students. Additionally, we continue to work with scholarship recipients to help place them with companies and offer mentorship to build their foundation in the construction industry.
If you or your child has an interest in learning more about building a career in construction, please visit www.cdbia.com or call 941-625-0804.
About the CDBIA:
Founded in 1985, the Charlotte-Desoto Building Industry Association (CDBIA) is a not-for-profit organization consisting of a group of individuals and firms who care about their community and who believe that home ownership should be within reach of every American. They believe in the free enterprise system. They believe that homes and all buildings in America should be well-designed, well-constructed and located in attractive communities where educational, recreational, religious and shopping facilities are available to all. The mission of the CDBIA is we are a professional organization of industry leaders who advocate, educate and support our members, customers and stakeholders while building in a great community.